My final and belated Illumicrate unboxing of the year. I haven't got any plans to order any more Illumicrate boxes at the moment going forward. Whilst I've liked the boxes I haven't loved them all. Not the way I've adored all the Fairyloot boxes. Certain items they include miss the mark and in every box there's been something I haven't really found useful or liked. I still think they're a fantastic company and I'm looking forward to trying some of their 'editions' boxes. I'm still kicking myself that I didn't get the Red Rising one.
By the time this box arrived, I'd already read and reviewed Angel Mage for a blog tour (here). It was such a unique book which you can tell from the synopsis alone.
**Taken from the book**
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.
A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.
Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.
But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.
The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .
What a gorgeous little pouch. This will be perfect for our holiday in June to keep a few bits safe. I've actually read the Raven Cycle too, well the first one anyway. This was designed by Forensics & Flowers.
I wish I'd read the Abhorsen series so I'd fully understand the significance of the bells. Although this is gorgeous it's not something that I'd ever really get the use out of. However, Fi, who runs the amazing Felfira Moon Designs is a huge fan so I gifted it to her. She loves it. This was designed by Hannah Hitchman.
OH MY GOD. I adore this card set. Give me all the VE Schwab merch. The villain character cards were created by Kira Night. They feature characters from all of VE Schwab's series. I need a frame for these ASAP.
Whilst this is stunning again I don't really know what I am going to do with it. It's supposed to be a tea jar and I prefer keeping my tea in the containers they come in. I could use it for tea bags....That'd be cute. Okay, I'm going to do that. This tea jar is themed around The Poppy War by RF Kuang and was designed by Shirley Jackson.
So that was my October Illumicrate Unboxing!
Have you tried any bookish subscription boxes before?
What did you think? And what was your favourite item from this box?
Thank you for reading,